DeWitt Clinton, 1769-1828, U. S. Senator (Anti-Federalist Republican, NY), Mayor of New York City, Governor of New York, Peace Party candidate for President of the United States, “Father of Free Public Schools", Speech, Free Schools, New York City, December 11, 1809
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DeWitt Clinton was an American politician and naturalist who served as a United States Senator, Mayor of New York City and sixth Governor of New York. In this last capacity, he was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal. Clinton was a major candidate for the American presidency in the election of 1812, challenging incumbent James Madison.